Special Issue "Borderline Personality Disorder: Psychopathology, Diagnosis and Treatment"

A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Robert Dudas

Visiting Researcher, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, UK
Hon. Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Consultant Psychiatrist, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK
ARC, Douglas House, 18D Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AH, UK
Website | E-Mail
Interests: borderline personality disorder; perinatal mood disorders; autism; dementia; fMRI
Guest Editor
Dr. Annegret Krause-Utz

Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology,
Clinical Psychologist,
Leiden University;
Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC, Leiden University Medical Center), Leiden University, Wassenaarseweg//52, PO Box 9555//2300 RB Leiden, The Netherlands
Interests: borderline personality disorder; emotion regulation; dissociation; neuroimaging; traumatic stress

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a severe mental disorder, characterized by pronounced disturbances in emotion processing and regulation, identity alterations, dissociation, impulsivity, and interpersonal problems. BPD affects about 1.3% of the general population, with a lifetime prevalence of approximately 3–5.9%. Current conceptualizations suggest that a complex interplay of genetic, neurobiological predispositions, adverse life events (e.g., interpersonal trauma), maladaptive cognitive schemata (negative beliefs about the self and others), and dysfunctional stress coping contributes to the development and maintenance of the disorder. With respect to the neurobiology, a growing number of neuroimaging studies observed structural and functional abnormalities in a fronto-limbic brain regions (including amygdala, insula, anterior cingulate cortex, medial frontal cortex, orbitofrontal cortex, and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex) and in regions of the default-mode network, which may underlie disturbed emotion processing in BPD. More and more studies have also provided evidence for altered functional connectivity in large-scale brain networks during rest and during emotion processing in BPD. This Special Issue encourages submissions, which provide further insight into the psychopathology, diagnosis, and treatment of BPD. This includes original articles based on experimental research and neuroimaging studies applying novel techniques, as well as review articles and meta-analyses, which may enhance the understanding of processes and mechanisms underlying and maintaining BPD.

Dr. Robert Dudas
Dr. Annegret Krause-Utz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Emotion Dysregulation
  • Dissociation
  • Self-harming
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Neuroimaging
  • Brain function
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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